NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, February 2nd
(All times eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (15-27-7-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-18-13-2), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to establish home-ice advantage
tonight when they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to their brand-new
building, Glendale Arena.
The Coyotes have struggled in their new arena, posting just a 2-6-1-1 mark at
Glendale since opening the building on December 27.
Phoenix's latest home setback came on Saturday evening, as the Dallas Stars
posted a 5-4 win. Brenden Morrow scored his first career hat trick during the
Ladislav Nagy and Shane Doan each had a goal and an assist in the losing
effort for Phoenix, which is 1-3 in the current six-game homestand. The
Coyotes have dropped three straight games, and fell to 2-6-2 in their last
The Coyotes play the final test of their home set on Wednesday against
Columbus is coming off Saturday's thrilling overtime victory against
Minnesota. Anders Eriksson scored with 2:01 left in the extra session to lift
the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the Wild at Nationwide Arena.
Marc Denis made 31 saves for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a two-game losing
Eriksson gave Columbus the victory when he fired a shot from the right point
that deflected off the stick of Wild forward Eric Chouinard and eluded Dwayne
Roloson for the game-winner.
On the injury front, Columbus defenseman Duvie Westcott left the game with a
hand injury late in the second and did not return.
The Coyotes have posted a tie and a win in two meetings with Columbus this
season, and have just one loss in their last nine meetings with the Blue
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